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Chalet vs Hotel

Excited about booking a ski holiday, but undecided as to what the best option for accommodation is? In this post, we’re talking all things chalet vs hotel to help make that decision a little bit easier. We’ll be covering the main differences between the two, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of both. We’ll also be presenting some of the best accommodation in the Alps for couples, families and larger groups. 

Chalet vs Hotel: what’s the difference?

A hotel in the Alps may be the more familiar option for first-time skiers. Staff will be able to offer advice on your stay and book any trips or transport you require.

You’ll likely be looking to book a private bedroom with en-suite bathroom facilities, or interconnecting rooms. You can choose self-catering, half-board, full-board or all-inclusive options, although the majority of hotel rooms don’t come with cooking facilities.

You’ll have access to larger shared on-site facilities. These include restaurants, bars, lounges, swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and saunas. They can be utilised by all of the guests at the hotel. 

An Alpine hotel may be a convenient choice for first-time skiers

Chalets are self-contained lodges which can house medium to large groups. They’re perhaps what many imagine when picturing a traditional ski holiday in the Alps.

With an entire property, you’ll have access to bedrooms, bathrooms, lounges, kitchens and outdoor spaces. Many chalets in the Alps also come complete with a plethora of facilities to make your stay more enjoyable. These include ski facilities and storage, games rooms, spa facilities and much more.

You and your group will have total privacy within your home for the duration of your stay, and will feel at home in the mountains. 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of staying in a ski hotel?

  • If you’re thinking of booking a hotel room in the Alps, you’ll have plenty to choose from. There’s a wide array of luxury ski hotels across all of the major ski destinations. You can get easy access to both the slopes and local villages and towns.
  • With plenty of quality on-site facilities, you’ll be well looked after with access to gymnasiums, spas and large swimming pools. You’ll be able to make use of all the benefits of hotel service and concierge that you’d usually expect. Some hotels will also provide childcare and crèche services or host children’s clubs to keep kids occupied. 
  • You’ll sometimes find it easier to find hotel rooms at short notice or for shorter stays.
  • Luxury ski hotels are a convenient option for couples who are looking to benefit from a flexible or shorter stay and make the most of the attentive service. Staff can offer advice on great local spots and well-regarded restaurants to discover during your stay. 
  • Along similar lines, those newer to ski holidays may also prefer to stay in a hotel. You’ll be able to source the local information you require and get to grips with the area. Staff can also usually assist with booking ski hire and all the necessary equipment you’ll need. 
  • Corporate groups may additionally get good use out of the flexibility of a hotel. They’ll likely have access to meeting and presentation rooms and be able to provide individuals with the privacy they require. 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of staying in a ski chalet?

  • The more traditional option for ski holidays, you may choose to rent a chalet in the Alps for that personal touch. You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of options to find somewhere that is ideal for your group’s needs. 
  • You’ll be able to enjoy the entirety of the space and all that it provides. Luxury ski chalets boast incredible amenities that you don’t have to share, including pools, hot tubs, saunas and more.
  • There are numerous options when it comes to location, whether you prefer to be a little further out or in a thriving town.
  • Many opt to rent a chalet in the Alps due to the sociability factor. They’re perfect for larger groups, allowing everyone to get together and enjoy the space. At night, everyone can retire to their relaxing bedrooms. 
The games room at Chalet Le Buhel including a pool table and sofa.
Chalet Le Buhel in Villards-sur-Thônes features a dedicated kids’ space and games room ideal for families
  • Chalets are also a big hit with families, with plenty to keep them entertained and a desirable home-away-from-home feel. Many luxury chalets feature games rooms and dedicated children’s areas, as well as plenty of outdoor spaces and activities locally. Be sure to check out our Cool for Kids range to find the ideal accommodation for your family. 

Combine the two in a catered chalet

With that in mind, if you’re looking for the service level of a hotel, but still want to enjoy the numerous benefits of staying in a cosy chalet, there is another option.

Catered chalets are another choice for a family chalet in France. They give you all the privacy and space that you’re looking for, whilst also taking all of the work out of preparing meals. Also a great option for larger groups, you can have personal space and appreciate home-cooked meals. 

With catered chalets, a dedicated chef or host will take the time to get to know your group’s dietary requirements and desires before you arrive. That way, you can all benefit from a variety of tailored gastronomic experiences throughout your stay.

Similarly, self-catered chalets will be well equipped for a professional chef to create an expansive range of luxury meals, and you can sit back and relax in the knowledge that you don’t have to lift a finger!

It’s a wonderfully social option, meaning that your group can enjoy the provisions you’d expect in a restaurant all from the comfort of your chic Alpine chalet.

The stylish dining area at Chalet Bleu Infini in La Clusaz is perfect for large groups to socialise over dinner

Chalet vs hotel: which do you prefer to stay in when travelling to the mountains? We’d love to know your thoughts, so don’t forget to tag us on our socials linked below. 

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